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USAID invests in promoting proper nutrition, with a focus on helping families reduce the effects of chronic malnutrition.
Kelley Lynch

Twenty-two percent of Ethiopian women are malnourished, and 38 percent of children suffer from chronic under-nutrition. In conjunction with the Feed the Future Initiative and other USAID programs, we provide technical assistance in developing national policy, programs, guidelines, and improving the quality and access to essential health and nutrition services. USAID works with hospitals and health centers in Ethiopia to provide nutritional assessments and counseling support, as well as providing fortification and nutritional supplements to undernourished children. We also promote healthy behaviors and proper nutrition through community education initiatives. 

We support nutrition-related activities to reach food insecure households under the Government of Ethiopia's Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP). These activities seek to improve the nutritional status of targeted communities with a focus on improving the quality of health services for pregnant and lactating mothers, raising awareness of healthy nutrition practices, improving the health, nutrition, water and sanitation status of children, developing the capacity of health extension workers, supporting community-based management of acute malnutrition, and harmonizing activities with the Ethiopian Government's health and nutrition initiatives, and providing nutritious food to mothers and children.

Activities Include

  • Growth through Nutrition: Uses sustainable, comprehensive, and coordinated interventions to improve the nutritional status of women and young children. Focuses on strengthening nutrition programs and policy, health care services, community-oriented nutrition and livelihood care and practices, access to clean water, and a rigorous learning agenda.

  • Development Food Assistance Program – Productive Safety Net Program: Improve the nutritional status of targeted communities with a focus on improving the quality of health services for pregnant and lactating mothers, raising awareness on healthy practices, and developing the capacity of health extension workers. Through our partners (Catholic Relief Services, Food for the Hungry-Ethiopia, Relief Society of Tigray, and World Vision), USAID is supporting nutrition-related activities to reach food insecure households under the Productive Safety Net Program. These activities seek to improve the nutritional status of targeted communities with a focus on improving the quality of health services for pregnant and lactating mothers, raising awareness of healthy nutrition practices, improving the health, nutrition, water and sanitation status of children, developing the capacity of health extension workers, supporting community-based management of acute malnutrition, and harmonizing activities with the Ethiopian Government's health and nutrition initiatives, and providing nutritious food to mothers and children.

  • Feed the Future Ethiopia Value Chain Activity: Promote the commercialization of valuable foods typically produced by smallholders: maize, chickpea, coffee, livestock (meats), dairy, and poultry. Smallholders will improve their productivity, thereby enabling them to consume a greater portion of the nutritious foods they grow as well as earning stronger profits from the goods they sell to local, national and international markets.

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Last updated: July 09, 2019

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